Death Valley National Park has nine campgrounds. They are Emigrant, Furnace Creek, Mahogany Flat, Mesquite Spring, Stovepipe Wells, Sunset, Texas Spring, Thorndike and Wildrose.
Furnace Creek, Mesquite Spring and Wildrose campgrounds are open year round. The following campgrounds will take reservations, Furnace Creek and Texas Spring takes group reservations. For reservations at these campgrounds, call 1-800-365-2267.
The Furnace Creek Campground is on a first come first served basis starting mid April. From mid October through mid April Furnace Creek Campground and the two group sites at Texas Springs Campground are on a reservation system. Around June 5th, campground reservations may be made for dates from mid October through the first of November ($16.00 per night) On the 5th of each month thereafter, campers will have access to another month of available dates - up to five months in advance. For example, calling on or after August 5th will allow reservations to be made from October 16th through January 4th. Calling on or after September 5th allows reservations from October 16th through February 4th. Subject to campsite availability, you may book reservations as late as one day prior to arrival. Call 1-800-365-2267 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
Texas Springs campground is located in the Furnace Creek area and is open from October through early May. It is first come first served with self registration. From March 17 through May 8, Texas Springs is designated primarily for Tent Camping with a limited number of RV sites available.
Sunset campground (October through April) is also located in the Furnace Creek area and is first come first served with self registration.
The Stovepipe Wells campground (October through April) is also first come first served as is the Mesquite Spring campground (open all year) at the north end of the park near Scotty's Castle. Both campgrounds are $10.00 per night.
For the summer, reservations for the two Texas Springs campground group sites are available by calling 760- 786-3247. On line reservations are available by going to: http://reservations.nps.gov/
Furnace Creek, Stovepipe Wells, Sunset and Texas Spring campgrounds are wheelchair accessible.
Mahogany Flat, Thorndike and Wildrose campground seasons are open weather permitting. The road to Mahogany Flat and Thorndike campgrounds is not passable for trailers, campers or motor homes. Passenger cars are not advised, and 4-wheel drive may be necessary.
Mesquite Springs, Stovepipe Wells, Sunset and Texas Springs campgrounds are first come first served with self registration.
Generator hours are from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. Generators are not allowed at the Texas Springs Campground.
Pets must be kept on a leash (no longer than 6 feet) at all times. Keeping your pet leashed protects your pet as well as other campers. Each year 4-5 pets are killed by the coyote population of the park. Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets.
|Campground||Open||Close||Elevation (ft)||Sites||Water||Tables||Fireplaces||Flush Toilets||Pit Toilets||Dump Station||Fee|
|Furnace Creek||All Year||-196||136||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||$16.00|
|Mesquite Spring||All Year||1,800||30||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||$10.00|
|Stovepipe Wells||Oct||Apr||Sea Level||200||Yes||Some||Some||Yes||Yes||Yes||$10.00|
|Texas Spring||Oct||Apr||Sea Level||92||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||$12.00|
|Wildrose||All Year||4,100||30||Apr - Nov||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No||None|
More than 3 million acres of wilderness and over 350 miles of backcountry dirt roads are open to camping under the following rules:
Free voluntary permits for backcountry camping may be obtained at the visitor center or any ranger station. Solo hikers can fill out a Backcountry Hiking Form to provide detailed information in case a search is requested by a family member or friend.
Backcountry camping is allowed two miles BEYOND any developed area, paved road, or "day use only" area. Use pre-existing campsites and park your vehicle close to the roadway to minimize impact.
Due to our rough dirt roads, backcountry roadside camping is generally only accessible to visitors with high clearance or 4-wheel drive vehicles.
Backcountry camping is not allowed on the valley floor from Ashford Mill in the south two miles north of Stovepipe Wells.
Overnight group size is limited to no more than six vehicles and 15 people. Larger groups should contact the Chief Ranger for a Special Use Permit.
Backcountry campsites must be more than 200 yards from any water source to protect these fragile areas for wildlife.
Campfires are prohibited, except in fire pits in developed campgrounds. Gathering wood is unlawful and burning of wood is not allowed in the backcountry. Use of a low impact backpacking stove is encouraged.
Since many springs may be dry or contaminated, plan to carry your own water or stash it ahead of time. During hot spring, summer and fall months, one gallon of water or more per person per day is needed. Heat and very low humidity create extreme dehydration potential during summer. We do not suggest low elevation hiking in Death Valley National Park between May and October.
In winter, the higher elevations are cold enough that snow and ice conditions may require special safety equipment. Do not enter mine shafts, tunnels, or buildings. Watch for rattlesnakes, especially near old structures and vegetated areas near water. Do not camp in dry washes or drainages due to potential flash flood danger.
Detailed maps are necessary for many hikes in Death Valley National Park. Topographic maps are available at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center or by phone from the Death Valley Natural History Association 760-786-3285.
Horse use is allowed except in developed campgrounds and on paved roads and interpretive trails. Horses are not allowed on the Eureka Dunes, in Darwin Canyon, or on the Telescope Peak Trail. Water and forage are scarce, so grazing is not allowed. The use of weed-free feed is encouraged.
Pets are permitted in developed areas and on park roads. They must be leashed and restrained at all times. Owners are responsible for clean-up of pet feces. Pets are not allowed off roads, on trails, or in the wilderness areas of the park.
Bicycles are allowed on paved and dirt roads and the bike path near the Furnace Creek Visitor Center. Bikes are not allowed off roads, on trails, on closed roads, or in the wilderness areas of the park.
Learn about the region before you go: Talk to a ranger or read publications before your trip. When you familiarize yourself with a certain area, you will know what equipment you need for a safe trip and to leave the area as pristine as you found it.
Walk on durable surfaces: Since most hiking in Death Valley National Park is cross-country, it's important to hike on areas where your footsteps will have the least impact. Trampling of vegetation, fragile soil crusts, and animal burrows should be avoided. Walking in canyons with flowing water can have damaging effects on riparian habitats. Avoid walking in the water if possible. If there is an established trail, stay on it. Other low impact areas include desert pavement and dry, gravelly washes. When hiking in large groups cross-country, disperse into smaller groups of 3 or 4 and do not walk single file as this creates trails that can last for years.
Choose resistant Campsites - Avoid areas with organic ground cover. Choose areas on rock, sand or gravel. Cooking areas should be located away from sleeping areas. This "spreading out" will reduce impact in a concentrated area. Disperse large groups to reduce impacts.
Human waste disposal: To prevent pollution of water or the spread of disease, you must dispose of solid waste properly. Dig a "cathole" with a trowel 4-6 inches deep 200 yards from a water source or campsite. Choose an area that will maximize exposure to solar radiation to aid decomposition. After use, the cathole should be covered with soil and disguised with natural material. Everything you carry in, including garbage and if possible, waste, must be carried out. Toilet paper will not decompose in this dry climate and must be carried out. Never burn or bury it!
If in doubt whether an area is open to camping please check at the nearest Ranger Station or the Furnace Creek Visitor Center.
Prohibited Camping Areas
"Day Use Only" dirt roads:
Titus Canyon Road
West Side Road
Aguereberry Point Road
Cottonwood Canyon Road (first eight miles only)
Racetrack Road (from Teakettle Junction to Homestake Dry Camp)
Historic Mining Areas:
Lost Burro Mine
Ubehebe Lead Mine
Camping should be avoided near all mining areas for personal safety.
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